The Princess and the Peach by Benedict Brown

A prince, a foundling, trolls, dragons, singing gnomes, a fashion-forward king, bloodsucking pussycats, plenty of princesses and a peach.

A nameless orphan is bought from her cruel owners by a band of thieves led by the charismatic ex-pirate, The Great Bartholomew. The gang warm to the young girl as one of their own and to give her a start in the world they teach her how to behave like an aristocrat, talk like a lady and fight for her life.

In the royal palace, Prince Paul wants nothing more than to be a typical teenager. His vain father and demonic mother demand that he marry a pure-blooded princess who will pass the age-old family test and feel a pea beneath seventeen mattresses but Paul is tired of seeing the lines of pretty princesses turned away. He just wants a girl to hold his hand.

To save the kingdom from a very spoilt princess, the two will have to join forces, take a trip to Hell and avoid getting eaten by bloodthirsty monsters and some hideously cute singing gnomes. A unique adventure full of comedy and romance, “The Princess and the Peach” is an untraditional fairytale with a modern attitude that will keep you reading to the bitter, happy end.

  • Classification: Universal
  • Work is: Extract only on Authonomy
  • First submitted March 21, 2012
  • Last updated March 21, 2012
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  • HarperCollins's avatar
    HarperCollins wrote 2 years, 8 months ago
    ‘The Princess and the Peach’ What a fantastic story. The author has cleverly balanced a parody of traditional fairytales with the creation of an original story. There are some highly engaging characters – such as the larger-than-life former pirate Bartholomew – that are given a sense of realism through Brown’s sharp dialogue and fluent narrative. Indeed, the book’s characters are probably its biggest selling point. From the Great Bartholomew to Prince Paul’s psychopathic younger brother Buster, the author has developed ...
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    Andrea Grace wrote 5 months, 4 weeks ago

    I am hooked having read the first chapter! Great to read a story where a girl is having the adventures! Can't wait to read more...

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    Sean Paul Murphy wrote 1 year, 7 months ago
    What a wonderful book! I rarely fantasy because the authors tend to take their imaginary world far too seriously, and usually spend endless time setting up the environment. Mr. Brown does a great job here. He jumps right into the story and allows us to find our footing with the action. The book captures your attention from the first few lines and keeps you gripped throughout. Most importantly, the book is very funny. I found myself smiling throughout, and occasionally ...
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    sword of fire wrote 1 year, 11 months ago

    Just finshed what you haave written of the book. I really enjoyed it. I can't wait to find out what happens to Christina (Christofer- did I spell that right?). Do they escape from the harpies? Do Christina and Paul stay married? Does Christina fall for Paul or do they al least get along really well together?
    I'll send you my address. Can't wait to get the rest
    Sword of Fire

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    craneyi wrote 2 years, 3 months ago

    The more I read, the more I like it. This seems to me to be very visual and I can well imagine this as children's theatre or TV.

    Having only read the 1st chapter, I don't yet know why you have chosen the title you have. Is there any other more original title that would be appropriate?

    Cheers

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    margaret c [Retired] wrote 2 years, 6 months ago
    Hi Benedict, I have just published The Magic Kingdom' on Amazon. I want to say a very big thank you for all your help and the feed back you have given me. I had great difficulty replacing my new edits and the first chapter on Authonomy, and still can't do it and I have tried several times. I wish it was a bit easier to do. I will hope to return in the near future with my second book as ...
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    austenwrit24 [Retired] wrote 2 years, 7 months ago

    AHh, loved every minute of it! Backing it right now...loved the characters, just the right amount of innocence that makes readers really want to root for them, especially Christopher - and the teaching how to be a lady bit...classicaly amazing...well done! :)

    Adriana S.

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    Racheal McGillivary wrote 2 years, 7 months ago

    Glad to see such a positive review for you from Harper. I'm curious, did they request a full? They editor did hint at the end that it would be nice to see a full. Congrats on your review!

    Racheal

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    Cariad wrote 2 years, 7 months ago

    Not a bad review - are you going to send more?

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    evermoore wrote 2 years, 8 months ago

    Benedict...Congrats on the review! I'm so tickled for you...and know I'll be finding this in the bookstores soon!

    ((hugs))
    Linda, Children Walking with Jesus
    Daniel Simmons Journey

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    superostah [Retired] wrote 2 years, 8 months ago

    I can definitely see why you made it to the editor's desk with this gem. From the start you get the feeling an amazing adventure awaits the nameless heroine. The magical world that unfurls as you read through the first few pages is incredibly well developed through a healthy dose of pre-developed creatures and the addition of a few new ones to keep things interesting.

    I'm only through the first chapter, but I'll definitely be back to read more.

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    Andrea Taylor [Retired] wrote 2 years, 8 months ago

    Loved this book, right from the start. A sure winner!

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    kegoff wrote 2 years, 8 months ago
    A great story, very funny and engaging. I loved how you used the dual perspectives to augment what we thought about Paul especially, and how you played off of that with Christina. I laughed very hard when, after hearing Paul go on and on about how he just knew Christina was his soulmate and they were madly in love with each other, Christina reveals to us that she finds Paul to be a creeper and an idiot. That said, while ...
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    Carlisle Troy wrote 2 years, 8 months ago

    We loved it! We have always loved fairytales (hence the subtitle of our book, The Enchanted Cottage of Oceania: An American Fairytale). You are a phenomenal writer!! The pages turn almost as if by the same magic as the writing itself. Great read!!!!

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    made wrote 2 years, 8 months ago

    Hello I just want to be honest nothing with the grammar but I just didn't enjoy the story but it was well written so well done in that part in not trying to be a spoil sport or anything just saying what I think of it but hay many great writers had people not liking there work like Stephanie Meyer and jk Rowling.

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    artifactory wrote 2 years, 9 months ago

    I'm with all the other commentators here. There are no words to proclaim how amazing this story is. You've already used all the good ones! I have got to find out what a 'dandelion clock' is! The characters are amazing and each is so unique and richly textured. Congratulations on the sale of the rights; a film would be spectacular, but I hope this will also be a book so that we have your wonderful voice and imagery to keep.

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    maretha wrote 2 years, 9 months ago
    CHIRG REVIEW The Princess and the Peach/Benedict Brown I thoroughly enjoyed reading all that you've posted. I'm not going to regurgitate what everyone has already said, but I loved the steady dialogue and plot development from the opening line, when you started off with "I" - was immediately hooked and even though this is supposed to be children/young adult, the child in me really enjoyed their adventures throughout. Wicked versus good is well contrasted. That is what we, the readers ...
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    Kestrelraptorial wrote 2 years, 9 months ago
    I had a lot of fun reading this story. It's a really cute and funny play on 'the princess and the pea'. The characters were quite entertaining, and many of them a little psychotic. Wonderful, although the plots turned out to be a bit simpler than I expected them to be. Bartholomew gave Chris a ring that maims and decapitates with the flick of her wrist for her birthday? Wow . . . that's awfully powerful. You know, I kind ...
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    Jessicaw wrote 2 years, 9 months ago
    Hello again, I've finished reading the book. Here are my last comments (nothing that would stop a publisher from loving the story, just tiny little things) Ch 19: Paragraph starting ‘It occurred to me that…’ ‘I doubt as a child picturing my….’ I thought this sentence could be re-worked a little to make it a bit less convoluted. A rare find! Paragraph starting ‘It was then I realised…’ ‘There was no way it would take them long to get to ...
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